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Locke Park Group Hope To Track Down Fundraiser

Tuesday August 20 2013

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A LOCKE Park voluntary group want to track down a young lad who helped them raise money to save the park's tower in time for the landmark's grand reopening.

Friends of Locke Park are looking for William Nixon Bell, who lived in Athersley North at the time he did a sponsored walk, cycle, swim and horse ride to raise money for the tower's restoration.

Mandy Stuart, a member of the group for four years, said: "Some years ago there was a young lad who was in the Chronicle at the time because he did a lot of fundraising for the tower appeal.

"We're planning to reopen the tower on September 14 and we really want William to be there.

"We need him there and he deserves to be there for all he did. We do not want him to think we have forgotten about him. Hopefully he will still be in Barnsley."

The tower, which is 70 feet high, was built in 1877 as a memorial to Joseph Locke's wife, Phoebe. It's the highest point in the town but was shut in the early 1990s because of its dangerous state.

Essential works to open it to the public began in June, costing £80,000, and concentrated on tackling health and safety issues and ensuring safe access for the public to the first floor balcony of the stone tower.

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Reply Posted by B* on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 14:38
Google search suggests he is a keen ten pin bowler playing out of 'Barnsley Bowl' in the North England Junior open. (according to 'Talktenpin')

Maybe worth contacting Barnsley Bowl to see if they have his contact details on file - 01226 732932

Reply Posted by Brett* on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 14:44
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Came 27th in Division 2 in the 2013 competition and listed as 'Barnsley' so must play in some Barnsley bowling league. Shouldn't be too hard to track down.

Reply Posted by crapper on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 18:32
TRY joe locke

Reply Posted by ET on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 08:09
Again worthwhile projects done by voluntary groups, unlike unnecessary ones done by the council.!!

Reply Posted by steve taylor on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 11:02
well said ...

Reply Posted by grump and whinge on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 10:52
ET go home

Reply Posted by Peter H on Friday August 23 2013 at 08:21
A bit of good done by a young lad from Athersley, nice to hear instead of the usual drugs, drink, vandalism etc. Good luck & hope you find him